Rear view of man and dentist in dental surgery, annual check up

Your Dentist Wants What’s Best For You

Doing research when it comes to your health is a good thing.

You deserve to know what options and treatments are available to you in order to make informed decisions about your health. But it’s also important to remember that your healthcare professionals have years of experience, numerous certifications, and want to do what’s best for you.

Dictating the dental care you receive to your dentist without letting them properly diagnose or discuss treatment options with you means you are not getting the quality care you deserve.

Do I have to get the treatment that my dentist recommends?

You are under no obligation to get any treatment that you feel uncomfortable with. In fact, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario spoke on informed consent, saying that the choice is ultimately up to you:

“If a patient refuses to accept your treatment recommendations, such as the taking of radiographs that are required for treatment, explain the rationale for the recommendations and consequences associated with the refusal. If you feel that the patient’s refusal compromises your ability to provide appropriate treatment according to the standards of practice, do NOT provide the treatment.”

With that being said, your dentist genuinely wants what is best for you. They will suggest treatment options specifically for you and they will do everything in their power to make sure that your oral health is the best it can be.

Why do people refuse treatment?

There are hundreds of comments online that call x-rays “scams” and “moneymakers.” People are firm in their refusal to let their dentist anywhere near them with the x-ray machine or even a camera.

These people are missing out on an important step in the diagnostic process. Dentists use x-rays to see what they may have missed while looking with their eyes. They can see everything from early areas of cavity between your teeth, loss of bone supporting your teeth, and sometimes even cancerous lesions that are usually completely painless.

Your dentist isn’t getting rich off of x-rays. The fee that they charge covers many things:

  • The sensor that goes in your mouth
  • The hygienic and disposable cover
  • The computer software
  • The time and experience needed to complete the process and review the x-rays

Photographs are another extremely important part of the diagnostic process.

They show you what your dentist sees when they look in your mouth, they capture your teeth before and after treatment, and dental insurance companies require pictures for anything they consider “major treatment” to consider any sort of rebate.

It can be difficult to understand the different treatment options that your dentist provides. The last thing they want to do is confuse you, which is why asking questions to make sure that you make a strong, informed decision is important.

If you want a dentist who will always act in your best interest, Dr. Andrea Stevens is the one for you.

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